STS093-702-041 (23 July 1999)--- This 70mm frame shows the Chandra X-Ray observatory, backdropped against a desert area in Namibia, just before its release from Columbia's payload bay. The primary duty of the STS-93 crew was to deploy the world's most powerful X-Ray telescope. It was also one of the first actions of the astronauts, occurring just a few hours following the shuttle's arrival in Earth orbit. This scene is one of a series of still photos recorded by the crew before and during the deployment of the 50,162 pound observatory.
Mediatype imageCreator NASAInsightuid nasaNAS~16~16~119012~225732Source http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-93/html/sts093_702_041.htmlDate 0000What STS-93What EarthWhere NamibiaIdentifier HSF-photo-sts093_702_041Addeddate 2009-12-15 23:13:53Publicdate 2009-12-15 23:49:55Backup_location ia903604_19